Learning Mandarin Chinese with a native speaker Dr. Bin Ruan who is currently teaching Chinese at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has been teaching and tutoring for more than ten years. All age groups welcome! All levels are available such as Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. If you are preparing for the tests or exams (e.g. AP, HSK, DLPT, FSI, etc.), she is right person to help you. Learning with professional tutor Dr. Bin Ruan to "dance" on the global stage!
Why Study Chinese?
Knowledge of Chinese opens up one of the world's richest historical and cultural heritages. Spoken by more than 1.6 billion people, Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. It is the official language of the People's Republic of China, Taiwan and Singapore and one of the six official working languages of the United Nations. As China has emerged as the second largest economy in the world and a major player in world affairs, students with proficiency in Chinese will be well positioned for jobs in business, education, government, hospitality, international relations, media, science and technology, and much more.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Beijing Normal University - Bachelors, P. E.
Graduate Degree: University of Northern Iowa - PHD, Education
Teaching; Travelling; Exercising
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Make learning fun and effective!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Basic greetings and useful daily expressions in Chinese!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Interesting online learning games and apps!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
When you speak a second language, you will have a chance to get a better job, know more people, and go to that country without an interpreter! It is awesome, isn't it?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Be patient and find a better way for the student.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Find the reading, topics and materials that the student is interested in. Help the student to read through to see what he/she is struggling with and find a best approach for him/her.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Fun learning environments! Creative teaching methods! Patience and repetition!
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Don't be shy; just try. Try your best; nothing is a problem.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Clear instructions and understandable materials!
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
1. Provide positive feedback to your students when appropriate. 2. Give only genuine praise. 3. Set realistic goals for each student. 4. Use teaching strategies that provide an opportunity for equal participation. 5. Create an open, positive environment for learning. 6. Show enthusiasm for the subject you are teaching and for your student's success.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
In order to evaluate how much students have learned, it is not enough to assess their knowledge and skills at the end of the course or program. We also need to find out what they know coming in so that we can identify more specifically the knowledge and skills they have gained during the course. Some methods to evaluate a student needs (e.g., portfolios, pre-tests, auditions) are direct measures of students' capabilities entering a course. Other methods (e.g., students' self-reports, inventories of prior courses or experiences) are indirect measures.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
According to the evaluation results, create a best teaching plan for the student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The textbook, audio, websites, online learning tools, useful apps.